Washington honors Queen Elizabeth II at National Cathedral service

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Vice President Kamala Harris and second-in-command Doug Imhoff on Wednesday joined a group of Washington dignitaries to honor Queen Elizabeth II at a memorial service at Washington’s National Cathedral.

The British Embassy co-hosted the service to honor the longest-reigning British monarch. The service included the UK’s national anthem, “God Save the King”, as well as the American anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Attendees included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Washington politicians and public figures.

“The Queen was a friend and admirer of the United States,” said Dame Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to the United States. “She made six state visits in total—much more to the Kentucky stables—to address Congress in addition to speaking to presidents and attending football and baseball games and commemorative events such as America’s Bicentennial and the 400th Anniversary of the Jamestown Settlement.”

Pierce, the first female US ambassador from the United Kingdom, added: “The Queen has sought to move with the times. She was indeed the archetypal Bond girl, skydiving at the London Olympics. She poured tea for Beddington Bear as well as for heads of state. And here in the United States, I was honored in December 2021 to receive the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award for Women in Leadership – one of the very few times, that we believe the Queen has accepted a non-governmental award.”

Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, said the Queen has visited the cathedral four times – once as a princess and three times as queen. He noted that many of the flowers decorating inside the cathedral for the service were taken from the British Embassy grounds, including a cut from the Regal Prince Oak tree that the Queen planted during her visit to Washington in 2007.

The National Cathedral has hosted four state funerals for former presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George HW Bush. Earlier this year, the cathedral hosted the funeral of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and President Joe Biden spoke at mass.

Biden on Monday joined one of the largest gathering of world leaders in modern times for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London. The queen, whose reign spanned seven decades, died on September 8 at the age of 96.

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